YAA Centre

Foster Wilson Architects, Notting HIll, London, 2011

 

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Performing arts facility that provides workshops and a new multi-purpose space for carnival artists and local communities

Located on the site of a partially demolished taxi meter factory in an enclosed courtyard with existing buildings to three sides, the centre incorporates an informal performance space; workshops for costumes, carnival floats and steel-pan tuning; a steel-pan rehearsal room; offices; arts and IT education rooms; a bar and a café.

The design structure and detailing consists of hard-wearing finishes, with power-floated concrete floors, exposed steelwork, self-finishing Holorib soffits and exposed services. The rough brickwork of the retained structure has been cleaned and left exposed. These rugged finishes are balanced by brightly coloured, high-gloss laminate joinery in the café, bar and WCs.

The architect aimed to meet the acoustic demands of the brief with minimal disruption to the projects aesthetic. Rooflights are triple-glazed to control noise breakout, and the steel-pan rehearsal and tuning rooms have a floating box construction with inner and outer doors for acoustic separation.

The retained structure is heavily insulated and lined with gypsum board and plywood supported by acoustic hangers. Airtight acoustic construction, along with party walls on two sides and ample insulation, also boosts the building’s thermal performance.

Data

  • Begun: Dec 2009
  • Completed: Jun 2011
  • Floor area: 1,247m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £3M
  • Procurement: Intermediate JCT 2005
  • Address: Notting HIll, London, United Kingdom

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